In anticipation of Independence day on July 4th for those in the United States I made this art journal lay out.
The colors in the picture are little bit washed out. I wasn't sure the direction I was going with this page when I first started it. The whole page was painted in distress paint with fired brick (after a gesso base of course.) Then I decided that I wanted a flag for whole page and wished that I had masked things off to begin with. But I was going to make it work and not start over on another page. I went over the red in the upper left with a blue gelato and masked off the stripes with post it tape and painted gesso for the white stripes. For the blue field I sealed it with gel medium before gluing down my die cut stars.
Before removing the mask for the white stripes I used some Antique Linen distress ink and a blending tool, I also did that on the stars before gluing them on the blue field. The fireworks and stars were heat embossed with gold embossing powder. The highlights and stitching lines were added with a white gel pen. And of course some vintage photo distress ink to frame the whole layout. I finally got myself a really art journal instead of using a regular old notebook, my goodness I should have done that sooner. It was well worth it. I am going to enter this in the Work It Wednesday Simon Says Stamp Challenge. Hope that you have a safe fourth of July with your family and friends and thank all those who help keep us free.